Nankumba Project to change face of Malawi tourism: Mangochi Airport, Cape Maclear resort

The Nankumba Peninsula tourism project planned for Mangochi is set to change the face of Malawi’s tourism.

President Peter Mutharika and Afreximbank President Dr Benedict Okey Oramah at Kamuzu Palace
President Peter Mutharika and Afreximbank President Dr Benedict Okey Oramah at Kamuzu Palace

It is expected that the sector will be easy to market through available infrastructure contained in the project that will be able to attract more tourists into the country.

On Friday evening Afrixembank delegation had an audience with President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika at the Kamuzu Palace to discuss progress made on the project.

Nankumba Peninsula is one of the $1.4 billion projects which is being financed by the African Import-Export Bank (Afrixembank).

In July last year the Afrixembank President, Prof Benedict Okey Oramah visited Malawi where a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the supported projects was signed when he met President Mutharika.

He also met business persons with bankable projects.

Oramah, who came with a developer for the tourism project expressed satisfaction at the pace of implementation of what was agreed on, six months ago. About $800 million has already been disbursed so far.

“We have got the infrastructure project, the travel facilities approved and funds are being mobilised for the work to start.

“We have identified a leading world class developer for the Nankumba Peninsula Project to develop it in a real world class project that will change the face of Malawi tourism,” he said.

The developer has developed world class tourism facilities in many countries in the world such as Egypt, in Europe and in the Middle East.

Oramah was optimistic of the possibility of developing a masterplan and cordial working relationship with government to make sure that the vision is realised.

Orascom Development Chairman, Samih Sawiris, who is the developer for the Nankumba Peninsula Project, said he had already been to the site and the picture of the ground is quite unique.

He observed that tourism is dependent not only on airports but planes flying in and the availability of hotels.

“Malawi will be very easy to market once we put the infrastructure which is the airport and the hotel. It is a full masterplan,” said Sawiris.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Salim Bagus described the bringing in of the developer as a positive step for the project.

He said the development of the masterplan will marks the start of the work on the project site.

“After the masterplan, we will roll out the project. Afrixem has already provided funds to prepare that land. Everything is ready on the ground we are just waiting for the masterplan,” said Bagus.

Afrixem funded projects include the Mangochi International Airport, a holiday resort at Cape Maclear, a logistics park in Mangochi which forms part of the Nankumba Pensinsula Project, industrial parks in Blantyre and Lilongwe and a dry port in Liwonde as well as other financial support for the private sector through the Export Development Fund (EDF).

According to a concept note prepared by EDF, the project is expected to change the country’s development architecture.

Once completed, the Nankumba Peninsula which will create 40,000 jobs, will be a hub of tourism in Southern Africa.

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Cadet eyes
Cadet eyes
9 months ago

$800 million already disbursed? Disbursed to who and what has been implemented so far? This is a blue lie!

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
9 months ago

osangomanga bwanji? za boma izi , kukukhala ngati kuti wina akupanga geni kaye kuti development yi icitike , ngati zocokera mu personal account bwa?

Gee
Gee
9 months ago

Kodi ma stadium a Bullets ndi Noma aja mwati ayambika liti? Tingofuna tikumbutseko

Chilungamo Nchabwino
Chilungamo Nchabwino
9 months ago

Consultation is never an option for our leaders. Now they think they are tourism experts and can negotiate with International business entities. This is exactly why a high value mining project was implemented without a security framework. It seems that this leadership has not learnt anything from the Kayelekera project.

Big Mbuzi
Big Mbuzi
9 months ago

Be very careful Mr Sawiris ….. you are negotiating with a Government about to be thrown out of power!

Many crocodile in the lake and even more on the land.

Mr Truth Pains
9 months ago

Don’t generalise and talk about Southern Africa man; I think u have never been at Waterfront in Cape Town. That’s the face of Southern Africa

Malume 200
Malume 200
9 months ago

I thought I would be seeing pictures of the project or some evidence in writing. This mouth business is a thing of the past. This is a time for actions.

Uyo
Uyo
9 months ago

Where is nankumba peninsula?

Chef
Chef
9 months ago

another one, all talk, no show, what about the Bright Malopa plan under Cape Mcclear Holdings LTD… mukutiwonjeza, the Cape Mac road, a road that makes Government some serious cash.

Picture speaks 1000 words
Picture speaks 1000 words
9 months ago

share the masterplan (s)…not just busy speaking in the air

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